JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 12
The Pillar Man (柱の男, Hashira no Otoko) is the twelfth episode of season one of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation. It is also the third episode of Battle Tendency. It covers Chapter 54 through Chapter 57 of the manga.
Joseph heads to Mexico to find Speedwagon while the Nazis experiment on the Pillar Man. While Joseph works his way towards the Nazis' laboratory, the Pillar Man named Santana awakens and attacks the Nazis.
In the middle of the Mexican desert, Joseph is confronted by one of Stroheim's men, Donovan. Donovan is a trained special forces soldier but Joseph makes short of work of him thanks to the Ripple: he remotely makes chollas explode near Donovan's face and then takes him down before interrogating the soldier. JoJo thus learns that Speedwagon is still alive and imprisoned in a hacienda near their position. Leaving Donovan to his fate, Joseph then reaches the base where Speedwagon is kept prisoner. Ensues a comical scene during which Joseph tries to infiltrate the compound, poorly disguised as a woman. Caught, Joseph then knocks out the guards.
Meanwhile in the underground laboratory, Stroheim manages to awaken the Pillar Man, naming him Santana after the winds of Mexico. To test him, Stroheim sends a Vampire. At first, it seems that Santana is defenseless, but then the Pillar Man effortlessly absorbs the monster into his body to feed himself. Moreover, Santana's superior intellect begins to manifest as he easily masters the contemporary language. To Stroheim's shock, Santana manages to escape his cell by twisting his body through the air vents and launches himself into the body of one of his men. When the guards riddle the man with bullets, the possessed Nazi then simply fires them back with his fingers.
Just as Santana reveals himself and begins to fire bullets in Speedwagon's direction, Joseph finally comes out of his disguise and uses some hair to block the bullets, puzzling the Pillar Man as to how this man could stop the bullets. The battle between Joseph Joestar and Santana begins.
In other languages
|Japanese||柱の男||The Pillar Man|
|Chinese||柱之男||The Pillar Man|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||柱中的男人||The Man in the Pillar|
|English||The Pillar Man|
|Spanish||El Hombre del Pilar||The Man of the Pillar|
|Portuguese||O Homem do Pilar||The Pillar Man|
|French||L’homme du pilier||The pillar man|
|German||Der Mann in der Säule||The Man in the Pillar|
|Hebrew||איש העמוד||The Man of the Pillar|
|Arabic||رجل العمود||Pillar Man|
|Italian||L'uomo del Pilastro||The man of the Pillar|
|Czech||Muž z pilíře||The Man from the pillar|
|Danish||Søjlemanden||The piller man|
|Polish||Człowiek z filaru||Pillar Man|
- The intro to the song played during Joseph's Ripple hair attack is similar to the intro of the song, Owner of a Lonely Heart, by Yes.